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Bernard F. Baran, Jr.

1965 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Bernard F. Baran, Jr., 49, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fitchburg on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was born on May 26, 1965 in Pittsfield, lovingly referred to as Bertha Shaw's beautiful, bouncing, baby boy. Bernie was a loving, high energy child who grew into an ambitious teenager with dreams and goals. He was educated in Pittsfield Schools but became bored with the public school curriculum and decided to find a job instead, Bernie figured if he could make money and gain career experience he was one step ahead of the game. At that time Bernie was living with and helping his sister, a single mother of three, care for her young children whom absolutely loved and adored him so it seemed like a natural fit to enter the childcare field. That summer he took a job with ECDC and his life would never be the same. After being falsely accused of horrible crimes, persecuted in the media and given a grossly unfair trial that violated his civil rights, he was found guilty and given three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. While incarcerated he earned his GED and took college courses until the state stopped funding the program. After surviving 21 years of his life in prison under conditions most of us could not fathom in our worst nightmares, yet alone endure, Bernard Baran, with the support of the National Center for Reason and Justice, fought his way out through the legal system and was finally released in 2006. Although his first year and a half of freedom was closely monitored, he made the best out of it and his brazen and ambitious personality began to shine through. His first job was with Yew & I landscaping in Boston, where he excelled at making the world more beautiful, one garden at a time. He began shaping his future with hard work & determination and even when he fell sick in 2009 with illness, his fighting spirit emerged and it was obvious that nothing, including illness was going to deter him from reaching his goals. Bernie's entrepreneurial spirit led him to become a student of the real estate market and at the time of his death, he was in the process of starting his own property management company. Although he only had eight adult years out of prison, he accomplished more than most people do with more time. Through all he endured, Bernard Baran remained a courageous, intelligent, funny, loving, curious, quick-witted, giving, nurturing, and intuitive human being who's loss will be felt by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Bernard is survived by: his mother, Bertha Shaw of Pittsfield, his late stepfather, Stanley Sumner who passed away unexpectedly just 18 days after Bernie, his partner, Dave Colarusso of Fitchburg, a sister, Sharon DeBonis of Pittsfield, two brothers; Santo Baran and his wife, Diane of Pittsfield and Clint Sumner of Pittsfield. Also survived by several nieces and nephews; Crystal (Diefendorf) Squires, Kandace Bailot-Diefendorf and her wife Jackie, Peter DeBonis, Nicole (Baran) Coviello and her husband Mark, Jennifer Baran, Brittany Baran, Haily Sumner, Savannah Sumner and his adoring cat, J.J. Also many loyal supporters and friends. FUNERAL SERVICE: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jason Lydon officiating at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116. If you wish to honor his memory by supporting reason and justice, please make a donation to the NCRJ, PO Box 191101, Roxbury, MA 02119, you can also donate online at NCRJ.org. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories with his family please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 28, 2014
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